Japan’s Suga and Asia | Inquirer Opinion

In his diplomatic debut after taking over from Shinzo Abe as Japan’s prime minister in September, Yoshihide Suga, with little experience in the foreign policy domain, chose visits to Vietnam and Indonesia in order to deepen ties with the two Southeast Asian nations. The twin visits need to be seen from the perspective of geostrategy and geoeconomics in the evolving scenario in the Indo-Pacific region. The growing bonhomie between Japan and Vietnam stems from the increasing belligerence of China that threatens the established regional order as it attempts to rewrite…

Latest High-Level US Visit to Asia Seen Locking in Trump’s Tough China Policy | Voice of America

TAIPEI, TAIWAN – U.S. national security advisor Robert O’Brien is visiting Vietnam and the Philippines this month to help bulk up international resistance against Chinese maritime expansion, a sore spot between the superpowers, in ways that outlast President Donald Trump’s term in office, analysts say.    O’Brien met with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc during a November 20-22 trip. The national security advisor “reaffirmed U.S. support for a strong, prosperous, and independent Vietnam that contributes to international security and respects the rule of law,” the U.S. Embassy in Vietnam said…

How A Tiny Singapore Could Fluster The Most Powerful Navy In Asia, The Chinese PLAN?

China’s growing interests in the Indian Ocean Region are likely to be jeopardized as the US has called for the establishment of a new naval fleet at the intersection of the Indian and Pacific Oceans.   China Looks To Create An Army Of Stealth Fighter Jets With New “Metamaterial” Element “We can’t just rely on the Seventh Fleet in Japan. We have to look to our other allies and partners like Singapore, like India, and actually put a numbered fleet where it would be extremely relevant if, God forbid, we were…

East Asia Summit voices concern over S.China Sea

The East Asia Summit has expressed “serious concern” about the South China Sea, where China has increased its maritime presence. The use of the strong wording was the first by the summit in five years. This year’s meeting of 18 countries including those of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Japan, the United States and China, was held online on November 14, with Vietnam serving as chair. The chairman’s statement was released on Friday. The statement referred to the situation in the South China Sea without criticizing China by name.…

Netherlands Unveils Asia Strategy, Urges EU to Speak Out on South China Sea

The Netherlands is calling on the European Union to speak out more strongly on violations of international law in the South China Sea. That’s one of the key points in the new policy document issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs where it outlines its strategy for the Indo-Pacific region – what it describes as a “unique Dutch vision.” The Netherlands is following the example of fellow EU nations like France and Germany who are putting fresh focus on Asia in recognition of China’s growing clout and the increasing trade…

China, Southeast Asia Met on Trade, Ignored Maritime Dispute

Trade and the disease COVID-19 were major issues for China and 10 Southeast Asian countries when they met this month. Yet they largely ignored an issue of regional concern: the question of competing territorial claims in the South China Sea. Experts believe their failure to deal with the territorial dispute could be a sign of difficult times for the competing claimants in the weeks to come. China and several members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) disagree on who controls about 90 percent of the sea. They said…

Asia forms world’s biggest trade bloc, a China-backed group excluding U.S

By Khanh Vu, Phuong Nguyen HANOI (Reuters) – Fifteen Asia-Pacific economies formed the world’s largest free trade bloc on Sunday, a China-backed deal that excludes the United States, which had left a rival Asia-Pacific grouping under President Donald Trump. Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc chairs the 4th Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Summit as part of the 37th ASEAN Summit in Hanoi, Vietnam November 15, 2020. REUTERS/Kham The signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) at a regional summit in Hanoi, is a further blow to the group pushed…

Asia to form world’s biggest trade bloc, a China-backed group excluding U.S.

HANOI, Nov 15 (Reuters) – Fifteen Asia-Pacific economies were set to form the world’s largest free trade bloc on Sunday, a China-backed deal that excludes the United States, which had left a rival Asia-Pacific grouping under President Donald Trump. The signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) at a regional summit in Hanoi, will be a further blow to the group pushed by former U.S. president Barack Obama, which his successor Trump exited in 2017. Amid questions over Washington’s engagement in Asia, RCEP may cement China’s position more firmly…

Down under and out – China is curbing imports of more and more Australian goods | Asia

Nov 14th 2020 THE ROW is already six months old and is steadily intensifying. In May China imposed an 80% tariff on imports of Australian barley and restrictions on imports of Australian beef. More recently shipments of Australian lobsters have been subject to delays. Aussie wine has been formally threatened with higher tariffs. The Chinese authorities are reportedly discouraging firms from buying Australian coal, cotton and timber. There are fears that more Australian goods will soon feel the squeeze. On November 9th Australia’s trade minister, Simon Birmingham, said that rumours…

Asian Insider, Nov 5: China bars travellers from coronavirus-hit nations; Indonesia asks US to invest in South China Sea, Asia News & Top Stories

Hi all,  In today’s bulletin: Tense wait continues for US election results; China blocks travellers from coronavirus-hit countries; Pakistan’s army in the spotlight; Indonesia asks US & Japan to invest in South China Sea; Living alone in China, and more. Reading this on the web or know someone who might enjoy receiving Asian Insider? Our sign-up page is here. Tense wait for US election results though Biden has the edge Several hours after the voting closed, it is still not clear who would be the next President of the United States…